MALNUTRITION RATE IN SOUTHERN REGION WORRIES MINISTER

MOZAMBIQUE: FOOD/RM/11/7/18 SABANews 1

Authorities believe it is possible to end hunger in the country (Pic. WFP)

INHAMBANE – The government of MOZAMBIQUE has expressed concern over the current rate of malnutrition among children in the southern province of INHAMBANE.

Health Minister NAZIRA ABDULA says the situation is worrying because there are conditions to prevent the conditions in the country.

He has made the comments after officials in the JANGAMO District told him during a visit the rate of malnutrition in their area stands at 30 percent.

Minister ABDUL has told residents of LINDELA area JANGAMO District has basic that can feed children, pregnant women, and the elderly to prevent malnourished and other diseases.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE quotes a 17-year-old mother of an EIGHT-month-old baby girl as saying her daughter is a victim of underfeeding.

She says the baby suffers from sores, loss of weight, and lack of blood, although she always breast feeds her.

The young woman says she is not employed and it is difficult for to buy her milk for the baby but since their visit to the hospital, the infant is now recovering.

Malnutrition is cause for concern (Pic. allafrica.com)

The World Food Program says MOZAMBIQUE is among the poorest countries in the world, standing at number 172 out of 182 nations on the 2008 to 2009 UN Human Development Index.

The WFP says the SADC country faces a wide range of natural hazards that often cause major damage and disturb economic growth.

It says authorities regard MOZAMBIQUE as ONE of nations most at risk from climate change, examples being the devastating floods and recurrent droughts from 2000 to 2008.

The world body says the national adult HIV and AIDS prevalence rate is more than 15 percent, with FOUR provinces rating above 20 percent.

On the other hand, the WFP says GAZA Region in the south has the highest prevalence at 27 percent.

It says out of a population of 21-MILLION-700-THOUSAND, ONE-MILLION-600-THOUSAND are orphans – whose number is increasing due to the scale and severity of the pandemic.

The WFP says MOZAMBIQUE also remains rooted in deep, rural poverty despite improvements in education, health and nutrition indicators since the end of the civil war in 1992./Sabanews/cam

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